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The static demand multipliers in a joint production framework: comparative findings for the Greek, Spanish and Eurozone economies


This paper uses input–output data from Supply and Use Tables for the year 2010 and provides empirical estimations of the static demand multipliers in a joint production framework for two representative Southern Eurozone economies, i.e., Greece and Spain, and for the Eurozone economy as a whole. The findings reveal certain differentiated features of the economies under consideration, call into question the post-2010 ‘horizontal’ implementation of economic policy measures and, finally, provide a context for formulating well-targeted effective demand management and structural policy programs.

1 Introduction

The recession of the years 2008–2009 revealed the fiscal and external imbalances of the so-called Southern Eurozone economies and resulted in incapability of debt refinancing and increasing instability of the banking system. The reform agendas adopted since 2010, basically a mix of contractionary fiscal policy and internal devaluation, seem to have deepened the impact of recession on GDP and unemployment. Regarding the Eurozone (EZ) as a whole, it has been estimated that, between 2011 and 2104, the followed fiscal consolidation actions “came at a considerable cost with an output loss of 7.7% and only a small gain to the primary balance of 0.2% of GDP” (Gechert et al. 2016). These facts and figures probably suggest that the magnitudes of the demand multipliers should be carefully taken into consideration before the implementation of any policy measures.

As is now well known, the multiplier for an actual economy does not constitute a scalar but a vector quantity and, therefore, relevant empirical estimations have to zero in on the existing interindustry linkages. Pouring “(some) water into the wine of traditional macroeconomics”, Kurz (1985) introduced and explored the concept of matrix multiplier of autonomous demand in Sraffa’s (1960, Part I) closed-economy framework. Thus, he demonstrated that: “[T]here is no such thing as ‘the’ multiplier. Rather the multiplier effects depend on the technical conditions of production, income distribution, consumption patterns and the physical composition of investment, as well as on savings ratios and the aggregate volume of investment.” (pp. 134–135). It could, furthermore, be shown that this static matrix multiplier includes, as special versions or limit cases, the usual Keynesian multipliers, the multipliers of the traditional input–output analysis and their Marxian versions.Footnote 1 Furthermore, combining the contributions of Malinvaud (1959) and Morishima (1960) with that of Metcalfe and Steedman (1981), Mariolis (2008) extended the static matrix multiplier to the case of an open, linear system involving only circulating capital and producing \(n\) commodities by \(n\) processes (or industries) of pure joint production (‘square’ system).

The present paper provides empirical estimations and policy-oriented analysis of the output, import and employment matrix multipliers for two representative Southern EZ economies, i.e., Greece and Spain, and for the EZ economy as a whole. For this purpose, we use:

  1. 1.

    Input–output data from the Supply and Use Tables (SUTs) for the ‘pre-adjustment’ year of 2010.Footnote 2 Since joint production is the empirically relevant case, and since the SUTs may be considered as the empirical counterpart of joint production systems, it follows that these tables constitute a more realistic representation of actual economies than Symmetric Input–Output Tables.Footnote 3

  2. 2.

    The analytic framework of Mariolis and Soklis (2018), i.e., a square joint production model of heterogeneous labor involving only circulating capital and competitive imports. The particular structure of this model is imposed by the available SUTs, which provide no data on fixed capital stocks and non-competitive imports. For the case of the Greek economy, they also provide no data on imported intermediate inputs.

The remainder of the paper is structured as follows. Section 2 outlines, in brief, the analytic framework.Footnote 4 Section 3 presents and evaluates the main empirical results. Finally, Sect. 4 concludes.

2 Method

Consider an open, linear system involving only circulating capital and producing \(n\) commodities by \(n\) industries of pure joint production. Furthermore, assume that (1) the input–output coefficients are fixed; (2) there are no non-competitive imports; (3) the net product is distributed to profits and wages that are paid at the end of the common production period; (4) the price of a commodity obtained as an output at the end of the production period is the same as the price of that commodity used as an input at the beginning of that period (‘stationary prices’); and (5) each process uses only one type of labor.

On the basis of these assumptions, the price side of the system is described byFootnote 5

$${\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{B}} = {\mathbf{w}}^{\text{T}} {\hat{\mathbf{l}}} + {\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{A}}[{\mathbf{I}} + {\hat{\mathbf{r}}}]$$

where \({\mathbf{B}}\,( \ge {\mathbf{0}})\) denotes the n × n output coefficients matrix, \({\mathbf{A}}\,( \ge {\mathbf{0}})\) the n × n input coefficients matrix, I the n × n identity matrix, \({\hat{\mathbf{l}}}\,(l_{j} > 0)\) the n × n matrix of direct labor coefficients, \({\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}}\) (\(> {\mathbf{0}}^{\text{T}}\)) the 1 × n vector of commodity prices, \({\mathbf{w}}^{\text{T}} \,(w_{j} > 0)\) the 1 × n vector of money wage rates, and \({\hat{\mathbf{r}}}\) (\(r_{j} \ge - 1\) and \({\hat{\mathbf{r}}} \ne {\mathbf{0}}\)) the n × n matrix of the exogenously given and constant sectoral profit rates.

Provided that \([{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]\) is non-singular, Eq. (1) can be rewritten as

$${\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} = {\mathbf{w}}^{\text{T}} {\varvec{\Lambda}} + {\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{H}}$$

where \({\mathbf{H}} \equiv {\mathbf{A}}{\hat{{\mathbf{r}}}}[{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]^{ - 1}\) may be considered as the ‘\({\hat{\mathbf{r}}}\,-\) vertically integrated technical coefficients matrix’, and \({\varvec{\Lambda}} \equiv {\hat{\mathbf{l}}}[{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]^{ - 1}\) denotes the matrix of direct and indirect labor requirements per unit of net output for each commodity.Footnote 6

The quantity side of the system is described by

$${\mathbf{Bx}} = {\mathbf{Ax}} + {\mathbf{y}}$$


$${\mathbf{x}} = [{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]^{ - 1} {\mathbf{y}}$$


$${\mathbf{y}} = {\mathbf{c}}_{w}^{{}} + {\mathbf{c}}_{p}^{{}} - {\mathbf{Im}} + {\mathbf{d}}$$

or, setting \({\mathbf{Im}} = {\hat{\mathbf{m}}\mathbf{Bx}}\),

$${\mathbf{y}} = {\mathbf{c}}_{w}^{{}} + {\mathbf{c}}_{p}^{{}} - {\hat{\mathbf{m}}\mathbf{Bx}} + {\mathbf{d}}$$

where \({\mathbf{x}}\) denotes the n × 1 activity level vector, \({\mathbf{y}}\) the vector of effective final demand, \({\mathbf{c}}_{w}^{{}}\) the vector of consumption demand out of wages, \({\mathbf{c}}_{p}^{{}}\) the vector of consumption demand out of profits, \({\mathbf{Im}}\) the import demand vector, \({\mathbf{d}}\) (\(\ge {\mathbf{0}}\)) the autonomous demand vector (government expenditures, investments and exports), and \({\hat{\mathbf{m}}}\) the matrix of imports per unit of gross output of each commodity.

If \({\mathbf{f}}\) (\(\ge {\mathbf{0}}\)) denotes the exogenously given, uniform and constant consumption pattern (associated with the two types of income), and \(s_{w}\, (s_{p} )\) denotes the savings ratio out of wages (out of profits), where \(0 \le s_{w} < s_{p} \le 1\), then Eqs. (2) and (3) imply that the consumption demands amount to

$${\mathbf{c}}_{w} = [(1 - s_{w} )({\mathbf{w}}^{\text{T}} {{\varvec{\Lambda} \mathbf{y}}})({\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{f}})^{ - 1} ]{\mathbf{f}}$$
$${\mathbf{c}}_{p} = [(1 - s_{p} )({\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{Hy}})({\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{f}})^{ - 1} ]{\mathbf{f}}$$

where the terms in brackets represent the levels of consumption demands out of wages and profits, respectively.

Substituting Eqs. (5) and (6) into Eq. (4) finally yields

$${\mathbf{y}} = [{\mathbf{C}} - {\mathbf{M}}]{\mathbf{y}} + {\mathbf{d}}$$


$${\mathbf{C}} \equiv ({\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{f}})^{ - 1} {\mathbf{f}}[(1 - s_{w} ){\mathbf{w}}^{\text{T}} {\varvec{\Lambda}} + (1 - s_{p} ){\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {\mathbf{H}}]$$

is the matrix of total consumption demand, and

$${\mathbf{M}} \equiv {\hat{\mathbf{m}}\mathbf{B}}[{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]^{ - 1}$$

is the matrix of total import demand.

Provided that \([{\mathbf{I}} - {\mathbf{C}} + {\mathbf{M}}]\) is non-singular (consider Mariolis 2008, pp. 660–661 and 663), Eq. (7) can be uniquely solved for \({\mathbf{y}}\):

$${\mathbf{y}} = {\mathbf{{\varvec{\Pi}} d}}$$

where \({\varvec{\Pi}} \equiv [{\mathbf{I}} - {\mathbf{C}} + {\mathbf{M}}]^{ - 1}\) is the static multiplier linking autonomous demand to net output, i.e., a matrix multiplier in a Sraffian joint production and open economy framework. It is a multiplier of commodities (instead of industries) and the multiplier effects depend, in a rather complicated way, on the: (1) technical conditions of production; (2) imports per unit of gross output; (3) distributive variables (\(w_{j}^{ - 1} {\mathbf{w}}\) and \({\hat{\mathbf{r}}}\)); (4) savings ratios out of wages and profits; (5) consumption pattern; and (6) physical composition of autonomous demand.Footnote 7 It goes without saying that, in general, any change in relative commodity prices, induced, directly or indirectly, by changes in income distribution, alters the elements of this matrix multiplier and, therefore, the total multiplier effects become ambiguous. This ambiguity is a distinctive feature of the multiplier process in Sraffian frameworks (Metcalfe and Steedman 1981; Mariolis 2008).

Finally, Eqs. (3) and (8) imply that the volumes of employment, \({\mathbf{L}} \equiv {\hat{\mathbf{l}}\mathbf{x}}\), associated with \({\mathbf{d}}\) are given by

$${\mathbf{L}} = {\varvec \Lambda}{\varvec \Pi} {\mathbf d}$$

Thus, the employment effects of \({\mathbf{d}}\) can be decomposed (Kahn 1931) into ‘primary employment’ effects, i.e.,

$${\mathbf{L}}_{\rm I} \equiv{\mathbf{{\varvec{\Lambda}} d}}$$

and ‘secondary employment’ effects, i.e.,

$${\mathbf{L}}_{{{\rm I}{\rm I}}} \equiv {\mathbf{L}} - {\mathbf{L}}_{\rm I} = {\varvec{\Lambda}}[{\varvec{\Pi}} - {\mathbf{I}}]{\mathbf{d}}$$

From Eqs. (8) and (9), it then follows that the changes on (1) the money value of net output, \(\Delta_{y}^{i}\) (output multiplier); (2) the money value of imports, \(\Delta_{{Im}}^{i}\) (import multiplier); and (3) total employment, \(\Delta_{L}^{i}\) (total employment multiplier), induced by the increase of 1 unit of the autonomous demand for commodity i, are given by

$$\Delta_{y}^{i} \equiv {\mathbf{p}}^{\rm T} {\mathbf{\varvec{\Pi} e}}_{i}$$
$$\Delta_{{Im}}^{i} \equiv {\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}} {{\mathbf M}{\varvec \Pi} {\mathbf e}}_{i}$$


$$\Delta_{L}^{i} \equiv {\mathbf{e}}^{\text{T}} {{\varvec\Lambda} {\varvec \Pi} {\mathbf e}}_{i}$$


3 Results and discussion

The application of our analytic framework to the SUTs of the Greek (GR), Spanish (SP) and EZ economies for the year 2010 (n = 63) gives the following main resultsFootnote 8:

  1. 1.

    The matrices \([{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]^{ - 1}\) exist and contain negative elements. (Nevertheless, their diagonal elements are all positive.) Consequently, the actual economies under consideration do not have the properties of single-product systems.

  2. 2.

    Table 1 reports the estimations for the output, \(\Delta_{y}^{i}\), and import, \(\Delta_{{Im}}^{i}\), multipliers [see Eqs. (10) and (11)] for the case where \(s_{w} = 0\) and \(s_{p} = 1\).Footnote 9 The last two columns give the percentage deviations of the EZ multipliers from those of the Greek and Spanish economies, and the last row gives the arithmetic mean of the multipliers for the total economy (TE). Finally, it is noted that the diagonal elements of the matrices \({\varvec{\Pi}}\) and \({\mathbf{M\varvec\Pi }}\) are all positive.

    Table 1 Output and import multipliers and their percentage deviations
  3. 3.

    Table 2 reports the estimations for the total employment multipliers, \(\Delta_{L}^{i}\) [see Eq. (12)], the primary employment multipliers, \(\Delta_{{L{\text{I}}}}^{i} \equiv {\mathbf{e}}^{\text{T}} {\varvec{\Lambda}}{\mathbf{e}}_{i}\), and the secondary employment multipliers, \(\Delta_{{L{\text{II}}}}^{i} \equiv {\mathbf{e}}^{\text{T}} {\varvec{\Lambda}}[{\varvec{\Pi}} - {\mathbf{I}}]{\mathbf{e}}_{i}\), as percentages of the total employment multipliers, i.e., \(\Delta_{{L{\text{II}}}}^{i} (\Delta_{L}^{i} )^{ - 1}\) [see Eq. (9a, b)]. The last column gives the percentage deviations of the EZ total employment multipliers from those of the Greek and Spanish economies, and the last row gives the arithmetic means for the total economy. Finally, it is noted that the diagonal elements of the matrices \({\varvec{\Lambda \Pi}}\) are all positive.

    Table 2 Employment multipliers, decomposition and percentage deviations

From these results it is deduced that:

  1. 1.

    In terms of all multipliers, the EZ economy is more correlated with the Spanish economy rather than with the Greek one. More specifically, Table 3 gives the correlation matrix between the economies’ output, import and total employment multipliers. It follows that, for all economies under consideration, there are a significant negative linear correlation between the output and import multipliers, and a significant positive linear correlation between the output and total employment multipliers. However, in the case of the Greek economy, the former correlation is more intense, while the latter is less intense. These findings are in accordance with the figures reported in Table 2, which show that the secondary employment effects are significantly weaker in the Greek economy.

    Table 3 Correlation matrix between output, import and total employment multipliers
  2. 2.

    Unfavorable multiplier values are concentrated in industrial commodities, whereas favorable multiplier values are concentrated in service commodities. This view is further supported by the figures in Tables 4 and 5.

    Table 4 Sectoral multipliers and their percentage deviations from those of the total economy
    Table 5 Percentage deviations of the EZ sectoral multipliers from those of the Greek and Spanish economies

Table 4 reports the arithmetic means of multipliers for the primary production, industrial and service commodities, and commodities that are primarily related to government activities (i.e., commodities 54–57; see Appendix 1), while the figures in parentheses indicate the percentage deviations of the sectoral multiplier values from those of the total economy. It seems that these findings (in combination with those reported in Tables 1, 2) are not in contrast with the observed recessions of the Greek and Spanish economies and, to the extent that they correspond to reality, reveal the intersectoral dimensions of these prolonged recessions. At the same time, they do not contradict those of some other studies (although using quite different frameworks): for instance, in October 2012, the International Monetary Fund (2012, pp. 41–43) stated that the projections for the measures applied and/or proposed (from 2010 onwards) to the Greek economy were based on the false premise that the fiscal multiplier was around 0.50, while the ‘actual’ fiscal multiplier is in the range of 0.90–1.70 (also see Blanchard and Leigh 2013). And De Cos and Moral-Benito (2016), applying a smooth transition vector autoregression (STVAR) model, estimated Spain’s fiscal multiplier at 1.40 for crisis (or turbulent) times and 0.60 for tranquil times.Footnote 10

Finally, Table 5 reports the percentage deviations and the ‘mean absolute deviation’ (MAD) of the EZ sectoral multipliers from those of the Greek and Spanish economies. The figures suggest that the most remarkable deviations between the EZ and these two Southern Europe economies are, firstly, in the industry sector and, secondly, in the import dependencies of the government activity sector.Footnote 11 Nevertheless, the high value of the total employment multiplier (relative to the value of the output multiplier) for the Greek primary sector is also noticeable and rather indicates the low labor productivity (measured by \(\bar{\Delta }_{y}^{i} (\bar{\Delta }_{L}^{i} )^{ - 1}\)) of this sector.

  1. 3.

    Tables 1 and 2 also indicate that, in each economy, there are, on the one hand, commodities simultaneously characterized by output, import and total employment multipliers that are better from those of the total economy, and, on the other hand, commodities simultaneously characterized by output, import and total employment multipliers that are worse from those of the total economy. These findings could provide a basis for formulating well-targeted, scheduled and country-specific policy programs.Footnote 12

Nevertheless, since both the Greek and Spanish economies faced serious external imbalances and should strengthen their extraversion and export performance (consider, e.g., Oelgemöller 2013; Collignon and Esposito 2017), we then focus exclusively on the tradable sectors (see Appendix 1; Table 7) and combine the output, import and total employment multipliers into the following composite index (of Cobb–Douglas type) for each tradable commodity:

$${{CI}}^{i} \equiv (\Delta O^{i} )^{\alpha } (\Delta E^{i} )^{1 - \alpha }$$

where \(\Delta O^{i} \equiv \Delta_{y}^{i} (\Delta_{{Im}}^{i} )^{ - 1}\) and \(\Delta E^{i} \equiv \Delta_{L}^{i} (\Delta_{{Im}}^{i} )^{ - 1}\) are the indices of output and total employment multiplier effects relative to import multiplier effects, respectively. Finally, by assigning quite different weights to the indices \(\Delta O^{i}\) and \(\Delta E^{i}\), i.e., by setting \(\alpha = 0.10\) and, alternatively, \(\alpha = 0.90\), we define as ‘key-commodities’ (as ‘anti-key-commodities’) the commodities ranked in the top ten (in the bottom ten) positions according to both values of \({{CI}}^{i}\).

The results are reported in Table 6, where the numbers in parentheses indicate the rank order according to the two values of \({{CI}}^{i}\), while commodities which are common among the economies under consideration are denoted by italic characters. Thus, it is observed that, in all economies, the vast majority of key-commodities belong to services, while the vast majority of anti-key-commodities belong to industry and tend to be common across these three economies.

Table 6 Key and anti-key tradable commodities

4 Conclusions

Using input–output data from the Supply and Use Tables for the year 2010 and a joint production framework, this paper estimated the static output, import and employment multipliers for the Greek, Spanish and Eurozone economies. It has been detected that:

  1. 1.

    Although both Southern economies diverge to a considerable extent from the EZ economy, the latter is, however, more correlated with the Spanish economy rather than with the Greek one. This differentiated correlation probably results from, firstly, the heavy, both direct and indirect, dependence of the Greek industry sector on imports and, secondly, the high value of the total employment multiplier for the Greek primary sector.

  2. 2.

    The relatively high import dependencies of both the Greek and Spanish government activity sectors are noticeable. Nevertheless, in all the economies considered, the government activity sectors are characterized by favorable values for the output and employment multipliers, casting doubt, therefore, on the fiscal consolidation measures implemented. The possibility of reallocating government consumption and investment expenditures to mitigate the recession’s impacts should be taken into account.

  3. 3.

    With regard to the tradable sectors, extreme unfavorable multiplier values tend to be concentrated in certain industrial commodities, whereas extreme favorable multiplier values are dispersed among various service and primary production commodities. This two-sided finding suggests that effective demand management policies are necessary but not sufficient for resetting the Eurozone system on viable paths of recovery. It rather calls, on the one hand, for a common intra-Eurozone industrial and trade policy reform, and, on the other hand, for per country and commodity-specific demand policies.

Future research work should use post-2014 input–output data, gradually include all the Eurozone (or even the European Union) economies, incorporate explicitly both the direct and indirect taxation sides of the fiscal system and explore the effects of the actual internal devaluation policies on the multiplier processes.


  1. See Kurz (1985, pp. 126–127), Mariolis (2018a), Mariolis and Soklis (2018) and the references therein.

  2. At the time of this research (September 2016), SUTs were available for the following years: 2005 through 2012 for the Greek economy; 2008 through 2010 for the Spanish economy; and 2008 through 2011 for the EZ economy.

  3. See, e.g., Kurz (2006), Mariolis and Soklis (2010) and the references therein.

  4. For detailed explorations, see Mariolis (2018a) and Mariolis and Soklis (2018).

  5. Matrices (and vectors) are delineated in boldface letters. The transpose of an n × 1 vector \({\mathbf{x}} \equiv [x_{i} ]\) is denoted by \({\mathbf{x}}^{\text{T}}\), and the diagonal matrix formed from the elements of \({\mathbf{x}}\) is denoted by \({\hat{\mathbf{x}}}\). Finally, \({\mathbf{e}}\) denotes the summation vector, i.e., \({\mathbf{e}} \equiv [1,1, \ldots ,1]^{\text{T}}\), and \({\mathbf{e}}_{i}\) the \(i\)th unit vector.

  6. As is well known, both \({\mathbf{H}}\) and \({\varvec{\Lambda}}\) are not necessarily semi-positive matrices (consider, e.g., Kurz and Salvadori 1995, ch. 8). When \([{\mathbf{B}} - {\mathbf{A}}]^{ - 1}\) is (semi-) positive, the system retains all the essential properties of single-product systems (Schefold 1978).

  7. In the (more realistic) case of direct taxation, the term \((1 - s_{q} )\), \(q = w,p\), should be replaced by \((1 - s_{q} )(1 - t_{q} )\), where \(t_{q}\) denotes the tax rate; see Mariolis (2018a), paper that extends the analysis to the case of indirect taxation and changes in income distribution–technical production conditions. It also shows that the matrix multiplier in Sraffian frameworks involves an autonomous demand-transfer payments iso-employment frontier, which exhibits formal similarities with the well-known dual consumption–growth and wage–profit relationships in steady-state capital and growth theory.

  8. For the available input–output data as well as the construction of the relevant variables, see the Appendix 1. The analytical results are available on request from the authors.

  9. All the numerical results reported hereafter correspond to this case. Nevertheless, the graphs in Appendix 2 display the arithmetic means of the output multipliers, \(\bar{\Delta }_{y}^{i}\), as functions of the savings ratios for (a) \(s_{w} = 0\) and \(0 \le s_{p} \le 1\); and (b) \(0 \le s_{w} \le 1\) and \(s_{p} = 1\). We consider that this parametric analysis also captures the case of direct taxation (see footnote 7). Typical findings in many empirical studies suggest that \(s_{w} < s_{p}\) and the difference between \(s_{w}\) and \(s_{p}\) is significant (say, in the range of 30–50%; see, e.g., Hein and Schoder 2011; Onaran and Galanis 2012, and the references therein). Thus, we presume that the results for the (polar) case \(s_{w} = 0\) and \(s_{p} = 1\) are sufficiently representative.

  10. Charles et al. (2015) and Charles (2016) argue, both empirically (also especially regarding Southern Eurozone economies) and theoretically (within aggregate post-Keynesian–Kaleckian models), that, during important recessions, decreases in the savings ratio out of profits and/or the propensity to import are large enough to increase the fiscal multiplier value.

  11. According to evidence on the ‘intersectoral linkages and leakages’ in the Greek economy, for the years 2005 and 2010, provided by Leriou et al. (2016) and Mariolis (2018b), the industry sector is the ‘weak link’ in this economy. Also see the evidence on the commodity multipliers, for the period 2000–2010, provided by Ntemiroglou (2016). The totality of those findings probably suggests that the structural features of the Greek economy have been shaped well before the emergence of the so-called Eurozone crisis.

  12. In order to further analyze the demand management capabilities, the actual (reported in the SUTs) compositions of autonomous demand should be taken into account (see Mariolis and Soklis 2018, pp. 127–131).

  13. The openness ratios of the product 36 are almost 6.0% (SP) and 4.3% (EZ), while those of the product 52 are 18.5% (SP) and 3.3% (EZ).

  14. The same holds true for the estimations provided by Ntemiroglou (2016), which, in addition, are based on the levels of employees in each industry.


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Authors’ contributions

Authors TM, NN and GS have equally contributed to designing the research, the process of data collection and calculation as well as to writing the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.


A first version of this paper was presented at a Workshop of the ‘Study Group on Sraffian Economics’ at the Panteion University, in November 2016: we would like to thank Eirini Leriou, Maria Pantzartzidou and Nikolaos Rodousakis for helpful comments and suggestions. Furthermore, we are indebted to Thomas Moutos for many insightful discussions and the proposed identification of the ‘key and anti-key-commodities’ that appears in this paper.

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Appendix 1: Data sources and construction of variables

The available SUTs describe 65 products and industries. However, the elements associated with the commodity ‘Services provided by extraterritorial organisations and bodies’ are all equal to zero and, therefore, we remove them from our analysis. Moreover, since the labor input in the industry ‘Imputed rents of owner-occupied dwellings’ equals zero, we aggregate it with the industry ‘Real estate activities excluding imputed rent.’ Thus, we derive SUTs that describe 63 products.

The described products and their correspondence to CPA (Classification of Products by Activity) are reported in Table 7, where the products 1–3 belong to ‘Primary production.’ The products 4–27 belong to ‘Industry’: (1) the product 4 corresponds to ‘Mining and quarrying’; (2) the products 5–23 correspond to ‘Processing products’; (3) the product 24 corresponds to ‘Energy’; (4) the products 25 and 26 correspond to ‘Water supply and waste disposal’; and (5) the product 27 corresponds to ‘Construction’. Finally, the products 28–63 belong to ‘Services’, while the products 54–57 are primarily related to government activities.

Table 7 Product classification and tradable commodities

In the last column of Table 7, the symbol ‘v’ indicates the ‘tradable commodities’. They are conventionally defined as commodities for which the ratio of total trade (exports plus imports) to gross domestic production, i.e., the ‘openness ratio’, is in the order of 10% or more (see De Gregorio et al. 1994; Piton 2017). It is noted, however, that, in the case of the Greek economy, the products 36 (‘Accommodation and food services’) and 52 (‘Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation services and related services’), which are related to tourism activities, display zero exports and imports because the relevant SUTs record only the total travel receipts and payments and not the respective payments for each commodity. These exports-receipts (imports-payments) constitute the 19.4% (the 3.1%) of the total exports (the total imports) of this economy. Thus, we decided to consider the commodity 52 as tradable in the Greek economy.Footnote 13

The construction of the variables is as follows:

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    The price vector, \({\mathbf{p}}^{\text{T}}\), is identified with \({\mathbf{e}}^{\text{T}}\), i.e., the physical unit of measurement of each product is that unit which is worth of a monetary unit. (In the present SUTs, the unit is set to 1 million euro.)

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    The 63 × 63 Make and Use Matrices, which are directly obtained from the SUTs, are considered as the empirical counterpart of B and A, respectively.

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    The 63 × 1 vector of consumption expenditures of the household sector, which is directly obtained from the Use Table, is considered as the empirical counterpart of f.

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    The element ‘Compensation of employees’ from the Use Table, which is an element of the ‘Value Added’ of each industry, is considered as the empirical counterpart of total wages in industry j, Wj. Thus, the money wage rate for each industry is estimated as \(w_{j} = W_{j} l_{j}^{ - 1}\), where \(l_{j}\) denotes the total employment in the \(j\)th industry.

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    The sectoral ‘profit factors’ are estimated from

    $$1 + r_{j} = \left[ {\left( {\sum\limits_{j = 1}^{n} {b_{j} } } \right) - w_{j} l_{j} } \right]\left( {\sum\limits_{j = 1}^{n} {a_{j} } } \right)^{ - 1}$$
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    The 63 × 1 vector of imports, which is directly obtained from the Use Table, is considered as the empirical counterpart of \({\mathbf{Im}}\). Thus, we may estimate the matrix \({\hat{\mathbf{m}}}\).

It should finally be stressed that, unlike the paper by Mariolis and Soklis (2018), we do not transform the Use Tables (which are measured in current ‘purchasers’ prices’) into current ‘basic prices’ and, therefore, we take into account ad valorem taxes. Moreover, Mariolis and Soklis (2018) apply their framework to an earlier SUT of the Greek economy for the year 2010, provided via the Eurostat website.Footnote 14 Thus, there are deviations between our and their empirical results for the Greek economy, which do not alter, however, the general picture of the structure of this economy.

Appendix 2: The arithmetic means of the output multipliers as functions of the savings ratios

The graphs in Fig. 1 display the arithmetic means of the output multipliers as functions of the savings ratios. Thus, it is observed that:

Fig. 1
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The arithmetic means of the output multipliers as functions of the savings ratios: (a) \(s_{w} = 0\) and \(0 \le s_{p} \le 1\); (b) \(0 \le s_{w} \le 1\) and \(s_{p} = 1\)

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    they are all strictly decreasing functions of the savings ratios (as in the case of single-product systems; see Kurz 1985, p. 133) and more sensitive to changes in the savings ratio out of profits; and

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    the arithmetic mean of the output multiplier for the EΖ economy is no less than 1, regardless of the values of the savings ratios.

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Mariolis, T., Ntemiroglou, N. & Soklis, G. The static demand multipliers in a joint production framework: comparative findings for the Greek, Spanish and Eurozone economies. Economic Structures 7, 18 (2018).

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